A Newark family-of-five is urging people to try veganism for 30 days in an aim to stop violence to animals and improve their health.
The Shayler family, of Milton Street, Newark, consist of Mark and Nic Shayler, 47, and their children Daisy, 21, Max, 19, Tilly, 16 and Mabel, 11.
The five are among 150,000 people in the UK who have chosen to eat vegan according to The Vegan Society.
Artist Daisy was the first to embrace a plant-based diet after researching into the dairy industry in January.
She said: “I was looking into how bad dairy is for you and it led me to looking at veganism and why people choose to do it. The more I learnt, the more the dairy industry disgusted me.
“The more I learnt, the more the dairy industry disgusted me”
“I’d already started considering going vegan for the health benefits but the ethical issues gave me the willpower to really get into it.”
A month after, Daisy’s family followed her lead in turning vegan including younger sister Mabel after they did their own research into animal agriculture.
Food enthusiast Mabel, better known as ‘Moo’, has since set up a blog called Moo’s Food where the 11-year-old posts vegan and gluten free recipes she’s created.
“I’ve benefited in every aspect of my life from going vegan”
Daisy said going vegan has changed her and her family’s life for the better.
She said: “I’ve benefited in every aspect of my life from going vegan. Literally everything is better and my family agree. I could honestly list the benefits for hours!”
A vegan diet is 100% plant-based which entails not eating fish, animal flesh, and other animal products such as; dairy, honey and eggs.
“I thought eating out would be really difficult but I’ve found it so easy. Most restaurants will either alter stuff for you or just make you something from scratch and I enjoy cooking at home”, Daisy said.
Daisy said the hardest part of going vegan was dealing with people’s reactions.
She said: “I don’t like the angry vegan stereotype and that’s definitely what people think of first when I tell them I’m vegan, it’s made me not like being vocal about my diet because a lot of questions get asked.
“Apart from that I can’t recommend going vegan enough, it’s better for your health, animals and the environment. I’m just annoyed I didn’t come to it sooner!”
This month animal rights group, Animal Aid, are asking people to partake in The Great Vegan Challenge which involves going vegan for the month of November.
The challenge website offers advice, support, and information and a place for people to swap recipes and share their experiences.
“It’s the only way to ensure that your food is completely cruelty-free”
Everyone partaking in the challenge is entered into a prize draw to win a hamper of vegan goodies.
A spokesperson from Animal Aid said: “There are many good reasons to go vegan; it’s great for your health, it reduces your environmental impact, you discover new and amazing meals and it’s the only way to ensure that your food is completely cruelty-free.
“The Great Vegan Challenge gives you all the support you could possibly need. It’s a complete package for anyone who wants to go vegan, or just wants to try something new.’
Adrian Bhagat is the owner of The Bluebird Café, Mansfield Road, Sherwood, which specialises in vegetarian and vegan food.
He said: “At Bluebird we have such a range from pizzas to Brazilian stews as well as vegetable pies and indulgent desserts. All being animal friendly.
“Everyone should give eating vegan a go even if they don’t go fully vegan. It opens your mind to different foods and it’s really enjoyable.”
For more information visit http://www.govegan.org.uk/
For Mabel’s recipes visit http://moosfood.blogspot.co.uk/